HiGHLiGHTS - KiLLSET TAKEN FROM THE JULY 2017 iSSUE OF ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE!!!
Do I call this album
S.T.F.U. or SHUT THE FUCK UP?
The album title has a
couple of different meanings. It could mean "shut the fuck up"
but there is a hidden track on the album and people can buy
album to figure out the second meaning.
And the album debuts
on July 7, at the RAINBOW ROOM. How do you feel about the finished
I'm really excited. We're
going to have this cool little CD release/listening party. People
will finally get to hear the whole album, We've dropped some singles
and music videos and I'm really excited to get people to hear the
full product and hear the diversity of the album.
And who all helped you
guys behind the recording console?
We ended up working with
a good friend of ours and a phenomenal producer EDDIE WALL. He did an
amazing job. He listened to our scratch tracks and figured out what
we needed to do. He let us do our KILLSET thing but he would come up
with amazing suggestions. His suggestions made the music better and
How is this album
different from your previous album KNOW YOUR KILLER?
KILLER was our first album . We were a new band at the time and we
were getting a feel for our style. S.T.F.U. is different. There are
no rules. We didn't care about genre or style. If it was cool we
added it to the album. This album is a lot more diverse with a lot
Why was KRIS KROSS'
JUMP picked as the single?
We threw around a lot of
ideas for covers and none of them stuck. I loved JUMP. I loved KRIS
KROSS growing up. It was funny and cool. They had a unique flavor and
style and that's what we're trying to do with KILLSET and the
S.T.F.U. album. We just started jamming it and it sounded cool. It
became obvious that we needed to do a parody of it. In the video
you've got four metal dudes dressed up as KRIS KROSS and
fun with it. We're an aggressive band but we like poking fun at
ourselves and with this video it all fits together. It's the perfect
Bring me back to the
beginning of KILLSET.
The other guys were in a
previous band and were searching for a singer. I was in a different
band and touring and doing a whole bunch of stuff. They came
across my stuff and liked it. They reached out to me but I was really
busy. A year later they reached out to me again and at that
point I had a break. I visited with them and sat down in a room
the vibe was great. We immediately came up with a concept for the
music that we wanted to create. There were no rules. There
this anything goes attitude. This was something that I really wanted
to be a part of. We started jamming and the rest is history.
What was it
specifically that spoke to you about this band?
The fact that they had
worked together for so long. I liked being supported by experienced
musicians. On stage I'm very aggressive and very active and having a
band with this tightness to them was great. They had it down after
years of playing together. That was what interested me. They've got a
cool style and an anything goes kind of attitude. When you can
suggest covering a song by KRIS KROSS and the answer is "Yeah,
let's do it!" That makes you want to be a part of something and
that is how they were.
And talk about the
other members. Who are they and what is it that you think each of
them brings tot he table that makes this thing work?
DILLON is our drummer. He is very creative and great on stage. He
puts on a great show and in terms of music he is very diverse. DAVE
COMER is the guitarist. He comes form a different style of music. He
is more rooted in classic rock and hard rock. He's got this unique
viewpoint and he comes up with things that we would never think of.
MARK BAKER is the bassist. He is incredibly talented and he's a great
writer. He writes a lot of the riffs. He's a bid dude and he puts ona
great live show. It really helps with the aggression of the
live show. Everyone in the band can look at something and just go for
OUT THE MUSiC ViDEO FOR JUMP!!!
What was your musical
history before this band?
I've been singing my
whole life. My mother was a really talented singer. I was involved in
sports for the majority of my life up until college. When that
stopped, it opened up time for me to pursue music. I grew up
listening to different stuff. I was really into gangsta rap. Hard
rock and heavy metal came later in my life but I fell in love with it
immediately. Eventually I made the decision to move from out East to
Los Angeles and that move made me realize that music was what I
wanted to do.
And how does
songwriting happen in this band?
MARK brings in a riff and
everybody partakes in the writing process. I let the guys do their
thing and I'll jump in here and there. They're the musicians of the
band and I want them to create what they love. They go back and forth
and tweak this and tweak that. When we get to finished track,
take it home and come up with the lyrics. If they have a suggestion
for a lyric or a melody that is better that what I've come up with,
we'll use it. In the end we're all on the same page. It's not
about my part or their individual parts. It's about the totality of
What songs off of
S.T.F.U. stand out for you the most and why?
We did a video for
KILLERS IN THE PIT, When we were in the studio, we wanted to write a
song in appreciation for our fans. We wanted to make this mosh
anthem. I'm really proud of that one. It's got a weird, cool flavor.
People are really responding well to it. Another song would be BULLY
which is a really personal experience of mine. So far it's connected
with a lot of people. It has a really poppy hook. BROKEN ANGEL is our
ballad. It has this epic rock sound. It's different form everything
on the album I'm really excited to see what people's perceptions will
be with this song coming form a more aggressive band.
What's next for the
Our plan, after the
release, is to tour in support of the album. After that we want to
work on anew EP . We're going to go back into the studio with MIKE
DOLING of SNOT . We're going to do a small group of songs with him.
First and foremost though, we need to get on the road and sell some
merch and get the music out there to as many people as possible.
for people to come away with after they hear this album? I
want people to know
that we are our own style of band and that we have a ton of flavor.
We're doing things for fun . We want people to give it a shot and be
open tot he fact that they're going to get different genres and
styles of music within each track, as well as within the full album.
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